Tradition with a twist: the design of superyachts keeps evolving

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Tradition with a twist: the design of superyachts keeps evolving

Yacht design is an evolutionary business with owners seeking tranquility in traditional craftsmanship

Mark Smyth

There is a paradox in the world of luxury yachts. On the outside they are sleek and modern but inside they are often all about classic design and traditional craftsmanship and materials.

This is in contrast to their owners’ other possessions – multimillionaires tend to have houses with the latest in interior design and supercars with the most modern materials and technology. Their yachts, on the other hand, are often as traditional as it gets as far as interiors are concerned.

There are extremes, such as the designs of Gill Schmid, Otam and Sinot, as well as collaborations involving automotive companies such as Ferrari, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, but on the whole, the beautifully sculpted exteriors of most luxury yachts envelop a conservative interior...

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